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Seven-year-old Jack Russell Terrier, Barbie, is being recognised by the RSPCA for her bravery and persistence, after the loyal pooch saved her elderly owner’s life.
    Last month, Rosemary Field was asleep in her Bristol home, unaware that a lit bedside lamp had fallen onto her bed and set fire to her mattress. Barbie, who was sleeping in the bedroom, woke up sensing danger and licked her owner’s face to wake her up.
    Unfortunately, Rosemary only woke briefly to tell Barbie to go away and settle down, so Barbie tried again until her owner woke up and noticed the fire.
    Eddie Grinham, RSPCA Bristol and District branch manager, said: “It is an incredible story of the strong bond between a dog and its owner – sensing danger this little dog did not run away, but overcame her own fear to persist in trying to get her owner to come with her.”
    The RSPCA will be presenting Barbie and her owner with an award at a later date.

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